Celebrating our first year of marriage.
In some ways it’s hard to believe we’ve been married one year already. In other ways it feels much longer than a year. The Lord has blessed us so much in a year. We have learned so much and gone through a lot more than either of us expected to in our first year of marriage.
Our decided plan of attack for our first anniversary was to go to spend the day together outdoors on an island in Singapore.
Step 1: Make a frappechino and pack up.
Caffeine and some cold goodness is always a great way to start the day! Andrew had the smart idea to put refrigerate the water for our camelback carrier beforehand. We packed up the water, our food, bug spray, and umbrella.
Step 2: Breakfast.
The happily married couple stopped at the Clementi Mall. We purchased one waffle with peanut butter and one waffle with blueberry sauce. (The blueberry one was much better than I expected.) Mmm… a delicious start to the day.
Step 3: Travel to the Island.
This required an approximately 1 hour ride on the MRT to Tanah Merah. Then we took a half hour bus ride on Bus 2 connecting us to Changi Point Ferry Terminal. Somewhere along this ride we commented how hard it is to believe sometimes that the main island of Singapore is only about 15 miles wide, and the country’s area is about half the size of Anne Arundel County. And yet it takes oh so much longer to get anywhere. Partly due to using mass transit. But partly due to the fact that roads aren’t always as direct.
To get to the island we mounted a “bumboat” with 10 other passengers to traverse the water.
Step 4: Enjoy the day at Pulau Ubin.
Once on the island, we proceeded to rent a tandem bicycle for the day.
After breaking the front chain derailleur cable (Andrew added that accurate detail for me!) we cycled back to the rental shop and switched out the bike for one with a “working” derailleur. By “working,” I mean that one of the bike cables wasn’t completely severed. We only had use of 2 of the 3 front gears and maybe 4 of the 6 back gears. Andrew quickly realized that this bike did not produce, nor could it handle, the power that he was used to on his regular bike. Once we headed up a hill if we tried any harder than a slow crawl the chain would drop down to the lowest gear in the front. We ended up walking the bike up most hills. (Selfishly this gave me a break from using my legs to pedal.)
The next several hours we spent bicycling around the bike trails and enjoying the scenery.
An hour into the ride it thundered and they sky overhead changed from a beautiful partly cloudy to a mostly cloudy and dreary. We were glad we got some time in some nice weather – but we also weren’t surprised that a storm should start coming. (It’s Singapore.) We could see the darker rain clouds rolling in. The clouds even seemed to be letting forth rain on parts not over ourselves. Our plan became one of, “Let’s ride around some more and when it seems like it’s going to burst forth with rain we’ll find shelter.” We took a break for snack (hard boiled eggs and pringles!) Our plan continued since the weather was holding up, even thought it was still thundering and still ominous.
Somewhere along the way I commented that the tandem bicycle is a marvelous exercise for marital communication. Andrew steered the bike while I rode in the back. This prevented me from having the burden on my indecisive nature of deciding which way to go. It required me to trust Andrew to lean in the right direction, give the bike enough (but not too much!) pedaling power, and adequately communicate what he wanted from his backseat driver. As our pedals did not move independantly he needed to tell me when to take a break and when to push harder. It required Andrew to lead on and communicate his needs to me. It required both of us to work together at a team.
This picture was taken right before we completed our bike riding and returned the bike.
Step 5: Leave the Island.
As we waited to catch a boat back to the main island, we enjoyed watching the boats pull in and out. The boats don’t anchor while picking up passengers. Instead, they simply keep their engines on in reverse while people climb (or hop) on.
On our boat ride back our boat driver surpassed two other bumboats! Hurrah!
Step 6: Find Dinner.
Since we were already so far out from home, we decided that rather than head all the way back home immediately, instead we would take the smaller trip to Ikea (which is normally an hour plus trip). Our dinner consisted of salmon and sweedish meatballs. Mmmm… oh, so not Singaporean.
Step 7: Head home.
Tired and happy with a day well spent we headed home.
Step 8: Exchange gifts and cards.
The biggest $$$ gift is one that will arrive Friday of this week. (Which till then we will keep people in suspense!)
Step 9: Go to sleep.
Finally. <Happy sigh>. Resting the bones, joints, and muscles (particularly those around our bottoms) that were sore from a long day of bicycling spent together.
Happy Anniversary Andrew!
Thank you Lord for a blessed year of marriage.